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SUNY Buffalo Law prof gets Fulbright Award

James A. Gardner

James A. Gardner, a State University distinguished professor, has been selected for a 2012-2013 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant.

He will live in Montreal during fall 2012, holding the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism and Federalism at McGill University. The title of his project is “Intergovernmental Contestation in Federal Systems,” a two-part project that builds on Gardner’s prior work in federalism and subnational constitutionalism.

A Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad professor of civil justice, Gardner’s research interests include the theoretical foundations of the constitutional structure of politics, the institutionalization through law of principles of democracy, constitutional structures of federalism, and subnational constitutional law. He is a frequent commentator in both state and national media on constitutionalism and elections law.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, and a former Department of Justice civil attorney, Gardner joined the SUNY Buffalo Law School faculty in 2001 and serves as vice dean for academic affairs. He is also the director the law school’s Edwin F. Jaeckle Center for State and Local Democracy.

Gardner’s most recent books include “What Are Campaigns For? The Role of Persuasion in Electoral Law Politics” (Oxford University Press, 2009) and, with a co-author, “New Frontiers of State Constitutional Law: Dual Enforcement of Norms” (Oxford University Press, 2010).

The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year.